BC Maps - Bed & Breakfasts
   2014
Vancouver Island
Campbell River
Comox
Comox Valley
Deep Bay
Nanaimo
Nanoose Bay
Parksville
Port Alberni
Sidney
Sooke
Telegraph Cove
Tofino
Ucluelet
Victoria
Hotel Chains
BC Ferries
  Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island
The largest and most populated of the Islands is Vancouver Island (32,261 sq km - 19,356 sq mi) The distance by car between the south and the north is of 502 km (301 mi). Travel to Vancouver Island is fast, convenient and relaxing. Many types of transportation are available throughtout the island, such as ferry, air, motorcoach and rail. BC Ferries provides transportation service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, as well as to the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, the Inside Passage, the Discovery Coast Passage, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Major airlines have frequent scheduled flights from Seattle and Vancouver directly to Victoria International Airport or Victoria's Inner Harbour which connect with major cities to other Island communities. Charter flights reach the most remote fishing camp.
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Alert Bay:
Served by BC Ferries from Alert Bay to Port McNeill. A distance of 8 km (5 mi) by sea, with a crossing time of 45 minutes. It is recommended that visitors obtain accommodation well in advance before travelling to Alert Bay. The village offers a wide variety of attractions: - First Nation paintings and totem poles. Walk through the town, the oldest on the North Island, to visit historic sites and one of the world's tallest totem poles. Visit Alert Bay Ecological Park, a paradise for bird watchers, and try hiking its trails. Take a cruise and see killer whales in their natural habitat in Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Spend a few days kayaking, fishing, exploring, and enjoying. Browse through Native art & craft shops, visit the museum and library. 
Arrowsmith Coombs Country:
Drive along Hwy 4 and 4A through the rural setting of Coombs Country and discover the landscape changing to more rugged and dense. The village of Coombs offers a wide variety of family attractions. The local market has an "Old West" atmosphere with goats grazing on the roof in summertime. Fish for trout or just relax in the sun at Fish Cameron Lake. Enjoy, with the whole family, a day at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Visit Mount Arrowsmith and hike the trails leading to the Cameron Lake picnic area. (3 to 6 hours one way). In winter Mount Arrowsmith offers challenging skiing. 
Bamfield:
Located 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Port Alberni, off Hwy 4. The community of Bamfield, "The Heart of Barkley Sound", is a resort destination for hikers, kayakers, scuba divers, fishers and whale watchers. Take a fully guided saltwater fishing charter and fish for salmon, rockfish, and halibut in Barkley Sound, off the Bamfield Harbour mouth, among the Broken Group Islands, and offshore. The many lakes and streams also offer great excitement to freshwater anglers. Enjoy a nature cruise for viewing sea lions and gray whales. Discover great sea kayaking, canoeing, hiking, caving, wildlife watching, heli-fishing, or enjoy a guided nature walk. In winter, witness a storm watch, enormous breakers pounding the rugged coast, waves breaking dramatically on rocky headlands or reefs. Experience this from any hotel room, cabin or designated viewpoints outdoors around the Pacific Rim region. Hike the many trails to incredible beaches in the Bamfield area including - Brady's Beach, Cape Beale Lighthouse or to Keeha and Tapaltos beaches. Visit the Marine Biology Station. Browse through galleries and shops or just stroll around the beautiful town. Bamfield offers first-rate accommodations, two government wharfs with amenities & services, fishing and adventure packages with experienced local guides. More information
Campbell River: (Google Maps) Video
Nestled between Strathcona Provincial Park to the west and the Discovery Islands to the east. With a population of almost 30,000 residents, Campbell River is internationally recognized as the "Salmon Capital of the World", making it the perfect destination for outdoor activities: - Salmon charters, zodiac tours to Desolation Sound, snorkeling tours, sea kayaking, lake conoeing, bear & bird watching tours, year round salt and fresh water fishing, walking tours with llamas, biking, hiking, camping, grizzly tours, and whale watching tours. Hike up one of the many wilderness trails in Strathcona Provincial Park. Take a nature tour to Miracle Beach Provincial Park and enjoy watching marine wildlife. Experience the rugged wilderness surrounding Campbell River via an extensive network of roads. See the spectacular 27-meters (89 feet) waterfall at Elk Falls Provincial Park. Visit the Campbell River Museum and see a collection of First Nations artifacts and vignettes of early European settlement. Play a round of golf on one of three courses. Browse through shops and dine in fine restaurants. Campbell River offers excellent and affordable accommodations. More information
Cape Scott Provincial Park:
Is a 15,070 hectares - 37,238 acres of rugged coastal wilderness that feature 64 km (40 mi) of scenic oceanfront. Transportation is available from Port Hardy for sightseeing, hiking, and camping. 
Chemainus:
Is located 10 km (6 mi) north of Crofton, on Hwy 1A. 70 km (43 mi) north of Victoria, with a population of 4,000. This coastal community has won international acclaim for its Festival of Murals. There are more than 30 murals depicting the early settlement and industry of the Chemainus Valley. Try any of the great outdoor adventures: - swim at Fuller Lake Park. Visit the Chemainus Valley Museum and see artifacts and archives related to the history of the community. Experience a ride through town on the steam train or a horse-drawn carriage. Walk the Waterwheel Park and the Gateway to Old Town and see beautiful murals. Shop for folk art, Native art, sculpture, pottery, and art glass, or dine in any of the serveral excellent restaurants that await you. 
Cobble Hill:
Three communities form the heart of the South Cowichan: Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, and Mill Bay, a beautiful area of parks, forests, farmland, and vineyards. Cobble Hill is tucked into the pastoral landscape of farmland and vineyards and is home to a number of wineries and a cidery. Cobble Hill is located 45 km (28 mi) north of Victoria (on Hwy 1), 5 km (3 mi) northeast of Mill Bay. 
Colwood:
A community of 14,524, is a wonderful place to golf, fish, and cycle. Visit Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park, tour Fisgard Lighthouse or take a walk along the Esquimalt Lagoon. Take a free, self-guided tour of the gardens at Hatley Park, now the location of Royal Roads University. Enjoy a day at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. 
Comox: (Google Maps) Video
A town of 12,000 residents, is an attractive, semi-rural community stretched out along the banks of the Courtenay Estuary, which has preserved the flavour of a small, seaside community drawing many retired people. Comox has much to offer the visitor: Enjoy the peaceful setting, sit on a bench and gaze at sea birds and sailboats or just stroll through the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park, and during the summer enjoy free outdoor concerts or visit the petting zoo. Go salt water fishing or relax on the sandy beaches at Goose Spit. Visit the the Comox Air Force Museum and learn about the history of aviation on the West Coast. Take a cruise to Desolation Sound. Browse through the shops and enjoy dining in a fine restaurant. Visitors can experience exquisite native art and lifestyles. More information
Comox Valley:
Situated 60 km (37 mi) north of Qualicum Beach, on Hwy 19. 220 km (137) north of Victoria. Comox Valley is nestled between the Beaufort Mountains and the Strait of Georgia. This valley stretches from the oyster beaches of Fanny Bay in the south to the white sandy beaches of Saratoga Beach in the north, and includes the communities of Courtenay, Comox, and Cumberland, as well as numerous rural settlements and the adjacent islands of Denman and Hornby. The Comox Valley is active year-round with alpine-to-ocean outdoor activities such as: Skiing, golfing, alpine hiking, sea kayaking, scuba diving, fishing for salmon, sailing, mountain biking, cycling, tobogganing, hiking the Comox Glacier, or just walk around stunning beaches. Experience Cape Lazo, King Coho, and Bates Beach for salt water fishing or fish the fresh water of the many lakes around the area. Comox Valley is an excellent spot for exploring surrounding areas all over Vancouver Island. Excellent accommodations and fine restaurants are available. With its wonderful views, outdoor adventures and artitistic activities, Comox Valley is one of BC's top year-round travel destinations. 
Cortes Island:
Accessible by ferry from Heriot Bay on the east side of Quadra Island, is one of the most beautiful of the Discovery Islands. Take a plunge at Hague Lake with and enjoy its white, sandy beach. Visit Gorge Harbour, popular marina with a fine restaurant and protected anchorage. Stroll the trails at Haig Lake Park. Camp, walk, or beachcomb along the beaches at Smelt Bay Provicncial Park. There are many well-established ecotourism operators offering everything from sea kayaking to mainland hiking trips. 
Courtenay:
A town of 20,000 residents, Courtenay is the urban and cultural centre of the Comox Valley. Whether you are into history, culture, reacreation or beautiful scenery, Courtenay has something for everyone: Kayak in the waters of the Courtenay Estuary or Desolation Sound. Fish in the salt and fresh waters in the Courtenay area. Enjoy hours of sandy beaches, walking trails, and swimming in the waters of Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Visit the 80,000,000 year old sea bed at the Puntledge River dig site, and look for fossils. Visit The Museum & Archives which displays much of the local mining and cultural history, where you can see prehistoric marine reptiles and other fossils. Browse through the local art galleries, artisan studios, craft shops and fairs. Courtenay offers excellent accommodation and fine dining. 
Cowichan Bay:
Cowichan Bay is located 55 km (34 mi) north of Victoria, off Hwy 1. The village is a fascinating blend of sail and fishing boats, piers, wharves and floating homes, constantly active and full of independent, creative characters living and working on the water. Up the hill are some of the nicest vineyards to be found. The area, once primarily devoted to farming, has found new life producing some of the best wines around. Be sure to visit! With easy access from Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria, Cowichan Bay is the ideal base for visitors interested in boating, kayaking, diving, and the experience of a genuine working marine community. Cowichan Bay is a waterfront village, so you can sail all day on a twin masted ship, race across the waves in a Zodiac to go whale watching, rent a boat and take a picnic to a deserted beach, dive deep to see the creatures of the sea or go kayaking as the sun sets. On land you can play tennis on the 2nd oldest active lawn tennis court in the world next to Wimbledon, ride a horse, hike a trail or go for a bike ride. Cowichan Bay has always been known as the place to dine in the Cowichan Valley with great restaurants looking out over the water. There is lots of fresh seafood and a growing number of fine local wines to go with your meal. We live in a Slow Food area! For more information log on to: cowichanbay.com  
Cowichan Lake District:
Includes the communities of Lake Cowichan, Mesachie Lake, Youbou, and Honeymoon Bay. Visit the Sutton Creek Wildflower Reserve in Gordon Bay Provincial Park and discover Douglas Firs every April. Take a look at the magnificent trees along South Shore Road, at Mesachie Lake, home of the BC Forestry Research Station. Enjoy camping fly-fishing, boating, swimming, sunbathing, or just relaxing at Gordon Bay Provincial Park. Browse through the many shops, and choose from a wide variety of fine restaurants and accommodations. 
Crofton:
A community of 2,500, located 16 km (10 mi) north of Duncan, on Hwy 1A. 76 km (47 mi) north of Victoria. Today, the town has a wealthy economic base, since BC Forest Products opened its pulp and paper mill in 1957. Crofton offers affordable accommodations, and RV Park overlooking Osborne Bay, and fine restaurants. Explore the hiking trails on Maple and Richards Mountain or take a circle tour to Salt Spring Island, Victoria, and back. Go fishing, golfing or just visits its beautiful quiet parks. 
Cumberland:
A beautiful town of 2,900 inhabitants, is an historic mining community nestled in the foothills of the Beaufort Mountains. Close to Comox Lake and surrounded by a vast network of forest trails, the area is a recreational dream come true. Visit the fascinating Cumberland Museum & Archives and learn about the history of the town. Browse through galleries and gift shops, enjoy dining at a local restaurant, or just stroll along Cumberland's streets, as this village in the forest retains the quaint charm of its former years and heritage residential and commercial buildings are predominant features. Its proximity to Comox Lake and numerous hiking and mountain biking trails make it a popular recreation area. 
Deep Bay: (Google Maps)
Deep Bay is located north of Qualicum Beach on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Deep Bay is part of the area known as Lighthouse Country, which encompasses almost 300 square kilometres and includes the settlements of Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Horne Lake, Fanny Bay and Buckley Bay. Deep Bay provides a wonderful view across Baynes Sound toward Chrome Island and its lighthouse, Denman and Hornby Islands, Texada Island, and the snow-capped Coast Mountain Range beyond that on the B.C. mainland.  
Duncan:
A city of 4,583, known as the "City of Totems", the largest community in the valley, is a major business center for the farming and forestry industries of the Cowichan Valley, serving approximately 75,000 area residents. Duncan has nearly 80 totem poles, located downtown and along the highway. Explore the area's aboriginal past. Join demonstrations of totem carving, weaving, silversmithing, beadworking, and knitting. Visit the Cowichan Valley Museum for a self-guided or guided tours of 41 totem poles. Tour the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. Stroll through shops and galleries, including the Native galleries, which represents more than 100 BC artists. The city boasts a full range of accommodations, services, restaurants and nighclubs. More information
Gold River:
A beautiful village situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island, bordering Strathcona Provincial Park. This well-planned community offers shopping, services, accommodations and great outdoor recreation: - Sailing charters, kayak rentals, salt water fishing excursions, cruise to historic Nootka Sound, golfing, mountain climbing, hiking, and tour old-growth forests. Gold River is a spelunker's paradise with many caves in the area, including Upana Caves. Take a chartered plane and tour Friendly Cove, Hot Springs Cove, Nootka Sound, and Rugged Point Provincial Marine Park. More information
Greater Victoria:
A city of 326,000 residents, is the capital city of British Columbia, and is known as Canada's Best Blooming City. Victoria sits on the south tip of Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia. Enjoy double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, and a formal afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel. Springtime finds streets lined with blossoming trees, flowers never ending, and meticulously well-kept gardens. Victoria is a mecca for adventurers attracted by the many outdoor activities available. Visit the Royal BC Museum and learn about the natural history of Vancouver Island and the province of British Columbia, and also experience the IMAX at the museum. Discover the BC's sea-faring history at the Maritime Museum of BC. Tour the heritage houses such as: - Craiglfower Farmhouse and Schoolhouse, Helmcken House, Carr House, and Point Ellice House... just to mention a few. Take a free tour of the Legislative Buildings, and at night, view the domed buildings outlined by 3,333 tiny lights. Visit the Beacon Hill Park, and the Crystal Garden. Poke through many specialty shops, look for tea merchants, chocolatiers, antiques, art, china, books, tiny shops (the world's tiniest store is here), and Chinatown, the oldest and most exquisite in North America. Victoria offers a wide variety of excellent accommodations.

Spend a day on the beach at Cadboro Bay, Mt. Douglas Beach, Shoal Bay, Cordova Bay, Willows Beach or Gonzales Bay. View Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Mt. Douglas Park, Beacon Hill Park, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Mount Tolmie and Trafalgar Park. Walk, bike or drive along Marine Drive. Walk or cycle along the 100 km (60 mi) of the paved Galloping Goose trail, linking more than 7 parks and accessible from 27 points. Stroll along Harbour Walkway and West Song Way. 
Ladysmith:
Located 25 km (16 mi) north of Duncan, on Hwy 1. 85 km (53 mi) north of Victoria, with a population of 6,700, Ladysmith is a picturesque town built on the hillside overlooking the glistening waters of Ladysmith Harbour, offering plenty of great activities: - visit Transfer Beach Park, take a plunge in the warm saltwater, and let the kids enjoy in the playground. Hike, stroll, or bike along the waterfront and on the Holland Green Trails. Go to Stuart Channel and take a nature cruising. Stroll along First Avenue to see the restored heritage buildings and learn about the history of the town. You will be delighted with this peaceful community. More information
Langford:
A community of 18,060, features beautiful parks and crystal-clear lakes. Visit the Goldstream Provincial Park and take guided hikes and nature walks, or view when the salmon are spawning, or just play a round or two of golf. More information
Long Beach:
Is located between the villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, and it is open year-round. Long Beach offers excellent outdoor adventures: - visit the Wickaninnish Centre at the south end of Long Beach and learn about the natural and human history of the Pacific Ocean. Take either a self-guided, a guided hike or a group tour through the beaches, and explore the nine different hiking trails along the 20 km (12 mi) of sandy beaches. 
Maple Bay and Genoa Bay:
Maple Bay separates Vancouver Island from Salt Spring Island. The Maple Bay/Genoa Bay offers plenty of activities: - choose from beachcomb, enjoy a picnic day, or just a great swim in the several area beaches. Go to Maple Bay and enjoy kayaking, boating, and wildlife viewing. Sansum Narrows and Maple Bay are perfect spots to fish for cod, salmon, and sea bass. 
Metchosin:
A small community of 4,670 residents, is a predominantly rural area, and you will notice how fast the scenery changes from city to rural. Visit Albert Head Lagoon Park and view Victoria skyline and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Walk or ride horseback in Devonian Regional Park. Take the family to Witty's Lagoon Regional Park where the trails lead through a Douglas fir forest. Fish for salmon cod, or halibut. Swim or paddle through the Matheson Lake Regional Park. Visit the museum at Metchosin Corner and learn some history of the area, or just relax and play a round of golf. More information
Mill Bay:
Three communities form the heart of the South Cowichan: Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, and Mill Bay, a beautiful area of parks, forests, farmland, and vineyards. Seaside Mill Bay boasts stunning ocean and mountain views, a marina, and excellent saltwater fishing. Mill Bay is located 45 km (28 mi) north of Victoria, off Highway 1. Also served by BC Ferries from Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay. A distance of 8 km (5 mi) by sea, with a crossing time of 25 minutes. 
Mt. Washington:
Is located in the Comox Valley and is part o of Strathcona Provincial Park. 37 km (22 mi) from the valley is Mt. Washington Resort, where alpine skiers and snowboarders enjoy themselves on the snow. Experience Forbidden Plateau which is also part of Strathcona Provincial Park. Both Mt. Washington Resort and Forbidden Plateau offer panoramic views of the Strait of Georgia and Strathcona Provincial Park. Ride the summer charlifts for a breathtaking view of the Strait of Georgia, and the spectacular mountain ranges. Excellent chalet and condominium accommodations abounds throughout the alpine village. 
Nanaimo: (Google Maps) Video
Served by BC Ferries from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver), a distance of 50 km ( 31 mi) by sea, with a crossing time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Nanaimo is located 26 km (16 mi) north of Ladysmith, on Hwy 1. 110 km (68 mi) north of Victoria. Vancouver Island's second largest city is situated beside the only natural harbour on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island with the mildest, sunniest climate in Canada. Nanaimo is the third oldest city in BC. This city offers great outdoor activities: - diving, kayaking, salt and fresh water fishing, swimming, picnicking, canoeing, camping, cycling, golfing, tennis, soccer, hockey, enjoy curling, bowling and wild life watching... just to mention a few. Take the family to Bowen Park and enjoy the hiking trails, nature centre, petting zoo, swimming and wading pools. Stroll the Harbourside Walkway (4 km - 2.5 mi) and enjoy the wonderful views of the harbour and Newcastle, Protection, and Gabriola Islands. Also the Bastion and the Nanaimo District Museum are situated along this walkway. During the summer visit the Bastion, built in 1853, is the oldest structure of its kind in North America. Board the paddlewheel ferry at Maffeo-Sutton Park for Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park and enjoy exploring the area. Stroll through this historic city and enjoy well-preserved 19th century buildings. The city offers moorage for more than 500 boats in its harbour, which makes it an ideal base for boaters wishing to explore its surroundings. Nanaimo is also an ideal destination for conventions, business meetings and sporting events.

Nestled in Nanaimo's Old city Quarters, Pioneer Plaza and Commercial Street, all located in the heart of downtown, are dozens of locally owned stores and galleries. The city is also home to major department stores located in several malls and shopping centres, such as Harbour Park Mall, Rutherford Mall and Woodgrove Centre, being the last one the largest shopping and entertainment centre on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo also offers great and affordable accommodations, from numerous campgrounds, cozy bed and breakfast inns, comfy hotel and motel rooms to luxury ocean front suites. More information
Nanoose Bay :
With a population of 5,000, located 26 km (16 mi) northeast of Nanaimo, off Hwy 19A , is the protected harbour of Nanoose Bay. The Nanoose area is a vacationer's paradise, offering all sort of activities, including fishing, diving, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, golfing... to mention a few. Rent a boat and enjoy the scenery of the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands. Explore Nanoose Hill and hike up its trails. More information
Nootka Sound:
Visit the historic waters of Nootka Sound on board the M.V. Uchuck III, a converted minesweeper, during summer months. It also services the communities of Tahsis and Gold River, popular spots for sport fishing, sea kayaking, caving and hiking. Kayakers and canoeists can arrange for pick-up and drop-off along its route. 
North Cowichan:
Is nestled in the heart of the Cowichan and Chemainus Valleys. The District of North Cowichan includes the communities of Chemainus, Crofton, Genoa Bay, and Maple Bay. Chose from a big selection of outdoor adventures: Hiking, mountain biking, hang-gliding, nature viewing, and swimming. 
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve:
Is composed of three main sections, Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. The Park spans 130 km (82 mi) of shoreline, being each unit accessed via a differnte route. The park offers plenty of outdoor opportunities: - hiking, camping, whale watching, wilderness viewing, beachcombing, swimming, nature & adventure tours, and learn about the cultural history of the area's settlement, exploration and development. 
Parksville: (Google Maps) Video
A community of 10,600, located 37 km (23 mi) north of Nanaimo, on Hwy 19. 144 km (89 mi) north of Victoria, marks the beginning of beach country and, naturally, the focus is on the outstanding waterfront, which is a perfect place for beachcombing, swimming, castle building, stroll along the shoreline, play a round of golf or just relax in the sun. Visit the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, and birdwatching. Go mountain biking at Top Bridge Park, located between Parksville and Englishman River Falls, and enjoy its many trails. Stroll through the city and discover several restored historic buildings, and browse through the many shops. Parksville's hotels, motels, resorts, B&Bs, and RV parks offer more than 800 rooms, cottages, and campsites, all on or close to the beach. More information
Port Alberni: (Google Maps)
A town of 19,127, located 50 km (31 mi) west of Parksville, on Hwy 4. 195 km (121 mi) northwest of Victoria. Port Alberni in the Alberni Valley becomes the gateway to Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim region, where you can enjoy camping, swiming, hiking, fishing, boating, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching, and golfing. Port Alberni is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World", where great chinook salmon fishing is ensured. Go angling in the Stamp River, fly-fishing in pristine mountain lakes, or take a whale watching tour. Take a boat and cruise through the Alberni Inlet to Bamfield (year round) or Ucluelet (from June to mid-September). Visit Robertson Creek Hatchery where millions of juvenile coho, chinook, and steelhead are released annually. Enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, and boating at Sproat Lake Provincial Park. Drive up Beaver Creek Road to Stamp Creek Falls Provincial Park and see salmon on their way to spawn. Enjoy swimming in the Somass River in Paper Dam Park, or just relax in Rogers Creek Park. Walk to the Old Lookout and take a view of the beautiful Alberni Valley. Hike the 25 km (15.5 mi) trail in Log Train Regional Park, or stroll along the Kitsukis Walkway, a 3 km (2 mi) walkway. Go birdwatching at the J.V. Cline Bird Sanctuary. Visit the Alberni Valley Museum and learn about the local history. Explore the harbourfront, climb the clock tower for an overview of the busy deep-sea harbour, or browse through the unique art galleries and gift shops. Port Alberni offers excellent accommodations and fine dining. More information
Port Alice:
Located 70 km (43 mi) west of Port Hardy, off Hwy 19. Port Alice is a small logging and mill community. Located on the west side of Vancouver Island offers many recreational activites: - Swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, caving, golfing, scuba diving, water skiing, hiking, and mount climbing. Camping is available at Marble River, Link River Regional Campsite, and Spruce Bay at Victoria Lake. 
Port Hardy: (Google Maps) Video
Is a community of 5,290 residents, located 50 km (31 mi) north of Port McNeill, on Hwy 19. BC Ferries service to Prince Rupert (Inside Passage) and to Bella Coola (Discovery Coast Passage). This community offers excellent sport fishing, charter boats, whale watching, diving, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, golfing, bird watching, and impressive sightseeing. Stroll along the sea wall or the oceanside nature path and watch for marine wildlife. Take a 15 hour ferry trip through the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert and enjoy the scenic beauty. A good selection of accommodation is available, including fine dining. It is recommended that visitors obtain accommodation well in advance before travelling to Port Hardy. More information
Port McNeill:
A community of 3,000 residents, located 200 km (124 mi) north of Campbell River, off Hwy 19. 50 km (31 mi) south of Port Hardy. Port McNeill is the heart of Tree Country, where trees are planted, thinned, fertilized, protected, and harvested, being the economic base for the entire region. It is a good base for exploring the North Island area offering visitors with plenty to do: whale & wildlife watching excursions, nature trails, wind surfing, heli-fishing, kayaking, hiking, scuba diving, golfing, and impressive wilderness views. Visit 40 km (25 mi) west of Port McNeill the recently discovered Jurassic Cave (952 mt - 3,123 ft) of surveyed passages. 
Port Renfrew:
At the end of the West Coast Road is the lovely village of Port Renfrew, about a 2 hour drive from downtown Victoria. The series of trails are great for nature walks which lead to the 74 metre (241-feet) Red Creek Fir, one of the largest Douglas fir trees in Canada. Port Renfrew also marks the southern end of the West Coast Trail, which draws hikers from all around the world to enjoy the beauty of the west coast of British Columbia. All summer long the village offers a good selection of restaurants, pubs, inns, and fishing charters. 
Qualicum Bay:
Located 16 km (10 mi) north of Qualicum Beach, on Highway 19. Qualicum Bay is situated in Lighthouse Country, which incorporates the small communities of Horne Lake, Qualicum Bay, Bowser and Deep Bay. These communities offer all the amenities a vacationer could want for a holiday of fishing, kayaking, sightseeing, diving, hiking, golfing, mountain biking, climbing, caving, and beachcombing.  
Qualicum Beach:
Qualicum Beach is a town located in the Regional District of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Located on the Strait of Georgia on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the community has been a popular tourist destination for residents of Victoria and Vancouver,  More information
Rivers Inlet: (Google Maps) Video
Carved deep into the rugged Coast Mountains of Canada's wild and remote west coast, Rivers Inlet is British Columbia's best known saltwater fishing destination, with an impressive history of producing some of the largest Chinook Salmon in the world. Rivers Inlet is located 300 miles northwest of Vancouver, only accessible by float-equipped aircraft or large boats. Scheduled flights from Vancouver to Port Hardy, connect with float-plane services to Rivers Inlet. This beautiful inlet contains many full-featured fishing resorts. All transportation can be arranged by these lodges. From Port Hardy: a distance of 129 km (80 mi) by air, with a flying time of 55 minutes.  
Saanich Peninsula:
With a population of 37,670, the Saanich Peninsula is dotted with farms, communities, parks, forests, lakes, and ocean inlets. The Saanich Peninsula offers the visitor a wide variety of possibilites: - Visit Brentwood Bay and see a colourful collection of free-flying butterflies and moths in a tropical garden. Brentwood Bay also offers shops, services, restaurants, and marina. Visit Elk and Beaver Lake Park and enjoy kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, and swimming. Explore the sandy shores at Island View Beach. Stroll through the famous Butchart Gardens. Hike the trails in the forest of John Dean Park or along the old logging and mining roads in the wilderness of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Play a round of golf at one of the Peninsula's scenic golf courses. Tour the Ocean Sciences Centre, a federal government facility studying Canadian coastlines, oceans, lakes and rivers. Visit the horticulture centre and learn all about what grows on Vancouver Island. Take a bicycle tour in the myriad country roads that criss-cross the Saanich Peninsula. Farm markets located along the winding backroads offer everything from vegetables and fruit freshly picked and locally grown to honey, and even home-baked bread (watch for roadside stands and blue highway signs indicating nerarby farms) More information
Saratoga Beach:
Saratoga Beach, Miracle Beach, and Oyster River are located only 245 km (153 mi) north of Victoria. The beaches and parkland along this gorgeous stretch of coastline are a family vacation paradise of waterside resorts and campgrounds, and outdoor activities. The massive beaches are layered in refined white weathered sand and crushed sea shells with driftwood scattered along the shoreline for as far as the eye can see.  
Sayward:
Located 70 km (43 mi) north of Campbell River, on Hwy 19. Sayward is the Gateway to the North Island offering several opportunities for recreation: - Lake kayaking & canoening, fresh or salt water fishing guided tours, and whale & wildlife watching cruises. Hike up the Salmon River Lookout Trail and Mount Cain Regional Park. Sayward offers accommodations, shopping facilities, and a recreation centre with indoor pool. 
Shawnigan Lake:
Three communities form the heart of the South Cowichan: Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, and Mill Bay, a beautiful area of parks, forests, farmland, and vineyards. Shawnigan Lake is renowned for watersports, sunny beaches, and a charming small community museum open Sundays from spring until late fall. The Lake is still a favorite weekend getaway spot and, increasingly, one of Victoria's more popular "bedroom" community. Shawnigan Lake is located on southern Vancouver Island, 5 km (3 mi) west of Mill Bay and 45 km(28 mi) north of Victoria (on Hwy 1)  
Sidney: (Google Maps)
Swartz Bay, located on the north end of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, is the location of one of BC Ferries' main terminals. Having undergone various upgrades over many years, it now consists of 5 berths, 2 of which are "double deckers" to service the larger vessels equipped with upper car decks. Ferries that dock at Swartz Bay sail to Tsawwassen on the Lower Mainland, as well as to the Southern Gulf Islands. More information
Sointula:
Sointula on Malcolm Island was founded at the turn of the century by Finnish settlers. It is accessible from Port McNeill and Alert Bay. It offers refreshing outdoor options: - Spend a day fishing for salmon, halibut, and cod in the local waters. Explore the beaches and rocky shoreline on the north side of the Island, and in Bere Point Regional Park. Enjoy a panoramic view of Johnstone Strait and Malcolm Island by driving along Kaleva Road. Birdwatch at Rough Bay. Browse through the local art gallery and see displays of the works by Malcolm Island artists. Sointula offers all necessary amenities. 
Sooke: (Google Maps) Video
A town of 11,620, is a very pleasant village and welcomes visitors to relax, offering a wide selection to choose from: - Golfing, cycling, fresh and salt water fishing, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, hiking, or just explore plenty of beaches and parks. Take a short drive around the east side of Sooke Harbour to East Sooke Regional Park. Learn about the 19th century pioneer life at the Sooke's museum. Fish for salmon, halibut and trout. Spend a day swimming and relaxing at Sooke Potholes, a series of natural rock pools in the Sooke River. Hike or bike along the Galloping Goose Trail from Sooke, all the way to the historic Leechtown. For hours of enjoyable recreation take the West Coast Road (Hwy 14). Plan to stop along the way to walk beaches, hike through forests, or just view the ocean. Farther along, visit French Beach Provincial, and then explore the China Beach, the beginning of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Sooke offers plenty of accommodations. More information
South Cowichan:
Includes the communities of Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, and Mill Bay. Enjoy picnic, beachcomb, hiking, wilderness camping, and swimming at Bamberton Provincial Park. Also discover and enjoy Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park. Take a hike or mountain bike the Koksilah Provincial Park. Climb up Cobble Hill Mountain in Quarry Wilderness Park. Go trout fishing, enjoy walking trails, and swimming at Spectacle Lake, at the top of the Malahat Drive. Browse through the antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries. 
Tahsis:
A small community of 1,050 residents, located 70 km (43 mi) northwest of Gold River, off Hwy 28, on a gravel road leading to the Nootka Sound port town of Tahsis. Tahsis offers plenty of activities: - sailing charters, canoeing, kayaking, boating, scuba diving, tour old-growth forests, and fish around the Nootka Sound's area. Hike along the beaches at West Bay Park, or just relax on the sun. More information
Telegraph Cove:
Located 8 km (5 mi) south of Port McNeill, off Hwy 19. Telegraph Cove is known as the village on stilts, since most buildings are raised above the water on pilings and joined by boardwalks, great for photographers. This tiny community offers visitors plenty of outdoor adventures: Superb fishing, kayaking, and diving. Tour out into Johnstone Strait to see killer whales and other mammals. Also, killer whales can be seen in their natural habitat nearby in Robson Bight. Telegraph Cove offers cabins, guest houses, forested campground, and RV park. 
The Broken Group Islands:
An archipelago made up of more than 100 rocky islands and islets, situated south of Ucluelet in the entrance to Barkley Sound. Renowned for its salt water fishing the area is rich in marine life and breathtaking scenery. These islands can only be reached by boat from Bamfield, Toquart Bay Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Tofino, or the coast. Take a chartered boat and enjoy viewing wildlife and exploring its beautirful beaches. Experience kayaking, canoeing, or boating on its waters. 
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail:
A 47 km ( 29 mi) hiking trail, divided into four sections, located along the southern shoreline of Vancouver Island, between China Beach, just west of Jordan River, and Botanical Beach, near Port Renfrew. The park is open all year round and a camping permit is required. Wilderness campsites and sanitary facilities are located along the trail. 
The West Coast Trail:
A 77 km (48 mi) trail between Bamfield and Port Renfrew. This trail can only be travelled on foot and requires much experience, and is definitely not for beginners. The entire hike takes about five days to complete. 
Tofino: (Google Maps) Video
With a population of 1,286, Tofino is located 42 km (26 mi) north of Ucluelet, on Hwy 4; 130 km (81 mi) west of Port Alberni, and 337 km (209 mi) northwest of Victoria. Situated in the centre of Clayoquot Sound, Tofino has been designated as BC's first United Nations Biosphere Reserve. Tofino has grown from a small fishing village to a popular tourist destination: - Experience an adventure kayaking through the protected inlets and waterways of Clayoquot Sound, just north of Tofino. Take a whale watching, nature & scenic tour, or a saltwater guided fishing charter for salmon, halibut, and crab. Stroll through the many sandy beaches or just relax in the sun. Enjoy watching the wide variety of resident and migrating birds that make this area one of North America's richest birdwatching spot. Walk the 11 km (6 mi) of Ahousaht Wildside Heritage Trail and go through forests and along beaches. Experience surfing the waves year-round in the Tofino and Long Beach area. Enjoy the all-natural thermal hot springs at Hot Springs Cove, an hour's boat ride north of Tofino. Take a 15-minute water taxi ride from Tofino and discover Meares Island. Visit the Whale Centre Museum and see whale skeletons and marine artifacts. In winter, witness a storm watch, enormous breakers pounding the rugged coast, waves breaking dramatically on rocky headlands or reefs. Experience this from any hotel room, cabin or designated viewpoints outdoors around the Pacific Rim region. Tofino offers world-class accommodations, fine restaurants, art galleries and gift shops. More information
Ucluelet: Video
A town of 1,886, located 100 km (62 mi) west of Port Alberni, on Hwy 4. 295 km (183 mi) northwest of Victoria, 8 km south of the Hwy 4 - Pacific Rim Highway Junction. The village of Ucluelet is a seaside community framed by magnificient views of the wild Pacific Ocean. Ucluelet offers plenty of outdoor adventures: - From the inner harbour, watch the fishing vessels, eagles, sea lions, seals and river otters. Go diving, boating, canoeing, and kayaking in Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands, and in winter, experience a storm watch from any hotel room, cabin or designated viewpoints outdoors. Walk, hike, and cycle the different trails available in Ucluelet. Take a guided charter vessel and fish for salmon, cod, and halibut. Take a nature cruise and view wildlife. Ucluelet is an excellent spot for gray whale watching. Hike along Half Moon Trail and Gold Mine Trail which lead you to the beaches of Florencia Bay. A wide variety of accommodations, unique gift shops, and fine restaurants are available all around the town. More information
Union Bay:
Population: 1200. Union Bay is located in the Comox Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 9 miles (15 km) south of Courtenay and 56 miles (90 km) north of Nanaimo. The main drag along British Columbia provincial highway 19A features a boatlaunch, dive shop, and market. Also along the highway are the heritage Gaolhouse museum, Post Office, church, and school. The community has a rich history that is intertwined with that of Cumberland, BC.  
Victoria: (Google Maps) Video
A city of 326,000 residents, is the capital city of British Columbia, and is known as Canada's Best Blooming City. Victoria sits on the south tip of Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia. Enjoy double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, and a formal afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel. Springtime finds streets lined with blossoming trees, flowers never ending, and meticulously well-kept gardens. Victoria is a mecca for adventurers attracted by the many outdoor activities available. Visit the Royal BC Museum and learn about the natural history of Vancouver Island and the province of British Columbia, and also experience the IMAX at the museum. Discover the BC's sea-faring history at the Maritime Museum of BC. Tour the heritage houses such as: - Craiglfower Farmhouse and Schoolhouse, Helmcken House, Carr House, and Point Ellice House... just to mention a few. Take a free tour of the Legislative Buildings, and at night, view the domed buildings outlined by 3,333 tiny lights. Visit the Beacon Hill Park, and the Crystal Garden. Poke through many specialty shops, look for tea merchants, chocolatiers, antiques, art, china, books, tiny shops (the world's tiniest store is here), and Chinatown, the oldest and most exquisite in North America. Victoria offers a wide variety of excellent accommodations.

Spend a day on the beach at Cadboro Bay, Mt. Douglas Beach, Shoal Bay, Cordova Bay, Willows Beach or Gonzales Bay. View Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Mt. Douglas Park, Beacon Hill Park, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Mount Tolmie and Trafalgar Park. Walk, bike or drive along Marine Drive. Walk or cycle along the 100 km (60 mi) of the paved Galloping Goose trail, linking more than 7 parks and accessible from 27 points. Stroll along Harbour Walkway and West Song Way. More information
Woss and The Nimpkish Valley:
The scenic valley is located between Sayward and Port McNeill. To really appreciate the beautiful scenery of the area begin by exploring the back roads. During the winter enjoy skiing Mount Cain Regional Park. Experience hiking, fishing, swimming, and camping at Schoen Lake Provincial Park. The communities of Woss and Nimpkish Valley offer visitors full amenities. 
Zeballos:
Located 42 km (26 mi) west of Hwy 19, on an active gravel logging road, offering many outdoor excitments: Salt water fishing charters, kayaking, canoeing, boating, scuba diving, hiking, walking, and exploring caves. Visit the Zeballos Museum and see artifacts and displays. 
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